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October 2012

Data found for "Isabel Beauchamp Bello" has led the general consensus to be that Dionisio Beauchamp Cuba & Ines Bello Torres gave the name "Isabel" to 2 daughters. Please contact me if you have information that either validates or refutes this consensus.


May 2012 - Updated FAMILIA pages

Prompted by an inquiry of a descendant-in-law of Juan Pascual Beauchamp Ramos, a review of Juan Pascual's data sources has led to the discovery that the name listed in the database for his father was incorrect and which is now correct on the family page. However, this moved Juan Pascual and his family from the main database to the MISSING LINK database.

Ivette Pol Acevedo, a descendant of Arturo Pol Velez, has purchased and shared with us a PDF copy of The Most Distinguished Surname Beauchamp and The Most Distinguished Surname Pol, published by the Swyrich Corporation, provide a historical look at the surnames. Please note that there are no references to the Beauchamp or Pol families of Puerto Rico in these booklets.

Ireliz Rodriguez Beauchamp, a descendant of Venancio Arturo Beauchamp Crespo, is married to a Bretón, adding that surname to our FAMILIA. Ireliz has provided a PDF copy of El Apellido Bretón en la Republica Dominicana - Investigacion Genealogica por Freddy Bretón Martinez. Freddy Bretón Martinez is also known as the Bishop of Bani in the Dominican Republic.

Many heartfelt thanks to all for their participation and contributions to this website & research project.


The Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro) at Hunter College in New York City has an amazing and unique collection of Puerto Rican related records in their archives department. Two of these collections are the FBI Files on Puerto Ricans (project in progress) and the Puerto Rican Identification and Documenation Program. Access more information on these collections by clicking on the above images links.

The applications for the Puerto Rican Identification and Documentation Program (1930-1959) consist of general ID information, sometimes a birth or baptism record and a passport size photo of the applicant. The applications are now on microfilm and a searchable database listing the applicant's names is available at the website. If you find a relative, you can submit a request for a copy of the application. Visit the website via the above image links for details.

My favorite feature of this archive are the photos. So many genealogists have names and data for their ancestors but may never come across a photo for them. For some, this archive puts a face to the name.


April 2012 - Updated FAMILIA pages

The Gonzalez Irizarry family page has been updated.

The Bernard LaCourt family page has been updated.

Maternal surname for Escolastico Nicolas Beauchamp Soto has been added. His parents need to be identified in order to move this family from the Missing Links database and connect them to the main database.

Two additional families have been added to Demetrio Casimiro Latoni Lapatza.

Maternal surname for Felix Beauchamp Ross has been added. A maternal surname for his father, Francisco Beauchamp, is needed in order to move this family from the Missing Links database and connect them to the main database.

Photo and second spouse added for Leonor Beauchamp Velez.

Photo for Francisco Solano Beauchamp Velez has been added.

A spouse for Francisco Dorval Beauchamp Brugman has been added.

A nautical chart of Hispaniola, circa 1639, has been added in reference to
Maria Ysavel Duliebre's birthplace.

Don Anibal (De la) Cruz Y Perez has submitted a photo of Enrique Bruman Laborde which was found by Mr. Luis F. Rodriguez-Lopez within some old records at Las Marias, Puerto Rico during their research for a book to be published soon on Las Marias. In the photo submitted by Don Anibal, Enrique is a bit younger than in the photo that has been widely published over the years.

The surname for Maria Isabel Rivera Gobea has been corrected from "Rivera BOBAS" to Rivera GOBEA" by Don Anibal (De la) Cruz Y Perez, Maria's great grandnephew.

Photos for brothers Juan Francisco and Francisco Dorval Beauchamp Brugman have been added.


A listing of documents available for purchase or swap, visit Document Index.


October 2011- Updated FAMILIA pages

A listing of documents available for purchase or swap, visit Document Index.

Clarification of Eladia Beauchamp's relationship to the Pagan Beauchamp family.

Emilio Brugman Llanes: added to his family page.

Enrique Brugman Laborde: additional children with Maria Clara Vicenty and descendants.

Zoilo Ramon Beauchamp Cuba: another spouse & children.

Eliezer Beauchamp Santoni: birthdate added.


Las Marías 1872: Crónicas de su fundación: a new book regarding the founding of Las Marias.

The Cries of San Sebastian: A young woman overcomes class struggle, rebellion, betrayal, and deceit to find love.

August 2011- Updated FAMILIA pages

Emiliano Rodriguez Beauchamp: Ancestry & descendants of Emiliano Rodriguez Beauchamp.

Virgilio Lopez Agostini: new photo posted.

Pedro Munoz Lamberti: a second wife & family.

Maria Consuelo Beauchamp Lamboy & Jaime Gonzalez Rivera: photo & data added thnaks to their granddaughter Carmen Gonzalez.

Mariana Rivera Alers: data on spouse & children updated.

Francisco Dorval Beauchamp Brugman: birthdate & photo added.

Francisca Torrellas Ramirez de Arrellano: birthdate & photo added.

Alice Beauchamp Rivera: parents identified, moving this family from MISSING LINKS to CONFIRMED.

Dolores Beatriz Beauchamp Monsegur: parents identified, moving this family from MISSING LINKS to CONFIRMED.

July 2011-Updated FAMILIA pages

Crescencia Beauchamp Luciano & Fidel Guasp Jimenez: moved from MISSING LINKS to CONFIRMED database.

Maria Consuelo Beauchamp Lamboy & Jaime Gonzalez Rivera: data added.

Ceferino Beauchamp Torres & Obdulia Martinez Gonzalez: photos & data added.

Luis Beauchamp Beauchamp & Carmen Beauchamp Quinones: their marriage record identifies Carmen as the cousin Luis married. Abirda Jimenez Lugo: another marriage record, another spouse for Francisco.

Delia Beauchamp Brunet's birth record provides her father's maternal surname which resulted in moving Demetrio Beauchamp GIORGI & Maria Mercedes Brunet Larracuenta from MISSING LINKS to CONFIRMED database.

April 19, 2011

A new look, some new content & added features. Let me know if you come across any glitches as you travel through the website. Everything that you were used to having access to on this website is still here -- just with a new look.

A SEARCH field has been added to the top of each page which makes it easier for you to find the information you are looking for, if it is part of this website. If not, contact me, the information might be available in the offline database.

Family pages now have a "Comments" box where you can post a message regarding your relationship to that particular family and recieve notifications when someone else leaves a comment. It's a perfect way to get in touch with others interested in the same family line.

FINALLY located some Johnny Lopez songs.

March 18, 2011

Redesigning the web site & working to make it easier for you to find what you're looking for -- if it's on this web site. Hope to be done by the end of the month. Wishing all a blessed Lenten season.


Merry Christmas! ¡Feliz Navidad!
Mary kissing baby Jesus

Mary kissing baby Jesus

"For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." (Luke 2:11-12)
"Mary Did You Know" sung by Kenny Rogers & Wynonna


December 19, 2010 Wish List

Amador Ramirez Silva, an attorney from Mayagüez and President during 1958 of the Centro Cultural Baudilio Vega Berríos at Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, was married to Felicidad Lara Ripoll. I've been informed by Fatima Seda Barletta and "laserenisima" that the marriage ended prematurely when Felicidad died giving birth to their firstborn, a daughter by the name of Juana (named after her maternal grandmother) who died shortly after birth.

Amador wrote and dedicated a poem to Felicidad which contains the very well known verse "Aquí yace un cuerpo que pasó por la vida. ¿Su alma?, su alma está en la mía."

A search on Google resulted in very little information regarding Amador. I'd appreciate a copy of the poem and a bio on Amador if anyone has access to either.

June 5, 2010 Update: Thanks to Luis Valladares Montalvo, a great grandson of Bruno Beauchamp Giorgi, who did me the favor of tracking down Felicidad's grave and taking some photos of it. Sign on into your Facebook account and click here to see the images of Felicidad's grave and her death record. Luis was also able to confirm that the poem inscribed on the grave marker does consist of the following two lines:

"Aquí yace un cuerpo que pasó por la vida.
¿Su alma?, su alma está en la mía."

No one has yet to locate a full version of this poem.


Happy Thanksgiving Familia!
We have so much to be thankful for. One day a year hardly seems adequate...
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October 1, 2010

Check out images of the Obra de Teatro sobre el Grito de Lares on Facebook.


September 2010 Events Commemorating the 142nd Observation of el Grito de Lares

The following events are being promoted via Facebook and will take place at La Plaza de la Revolución en Lares, Puerto Rico.

Commemoration Ceremonies
Thursday, September 23, 2010, 6:30am

10K Grito de Lares
Sunday, September 19, 2010, 8:30am

Obra de Teatro sobre el Grito de Lares
Wednesday, September 22, 2010, afternoon & evening performances


August 7, 2010

One document, that's all it can take to move a person's file from the TBD database into the main database. In reviewing the Anasco microfilms, Kathy came across the birth record for Pedro Beauchamp Cruz son of Armando Beauchamp. Kathy had been contacted by Mayrah Cuebas Pagan 3 years ago trying to identify the ancestry for her great grandfather Armando Beauchamp. Since then, we have located documents and census records for Armando's descendants but Pedro's birth record is the very first one to identify Armando's parents. That one record allowed us to move Armando Beauchamp Medina and 43 of his descendants into the main database.


July 26, 2010

Congratulations to Kathy & Michael Rodriguez on their 24th wedding anniversary! Kathy is the resident Beauchamp expert of this research project and Michael is a descendant of Marcelino Beauchamp Giorgi.

Chris Evangelista recently provided a photo for Julia Torres Viruet who married Bruno Concepcion Chabrer Brugman. Chris also provided a photo of his great grandmother Facunda Torres Viruet. ¡Mil gracias Chris!

Jose Abraham Rivera Jr., aka Chico, husband of Grace Gomez Chabrier de Rivera passed away on February 18, 2010. Grace is the granddaughter of Bruno Concepcion Chabrier Brugman. Carmen A. Nieves created the following beautiful tribute to Chico: Celebrando Un Amigo-Celebrating a Friend.


July 11, 2010

My youngest brother and his wife were blessed with beautiful twin daughters on June 28th. Yep! I now have beautiful twin nieces and three beautiful nephews!! I can hardly wait to get them together and take a group photo.

I'm working behind the scene acquiring some Mayaguez records and Kathy is working on Anasco records. I'll post some updates during August. Until then, I wish all a great summer, Keep in touch!


June 13, 2010

My attempt to plan in advance a Familia gethering in California, Florida, New York and Puerto Rico resulted in waning With this being the case, I'm reverting to my original idea. I plan to visit each of these places between this & next summer. I will send out an e-blast to those who are in contact when I have my plans finalized for each location and I will meet up with whoever may be available for an impromptu gathering during my visit.


May 29, 2010

Monday marks the first anniversary of the death of my dear cousin Gilbert Caquias Lopez. Gilbert was the first family historian to open his doors, his research, his arms and his heart to me. May his soul be enjoying an eternity of hearty laughs and great music.

The photos in this 20 minute slideshow video show Gilbert living life to the fullest with some of the family and friends that will forever remember him fondly; and these photos are of Gilbert's collection of family photos that adorn the walls of his home office.


May 8, 2010

The years are zipping by and we have never had the opportunity to meet one another. I'd like to change that. Let's discuss the possibility of gettting together. I don't know when or where yet, so I've created a survey to get things going. Please click on here and fill out the survey by May 21st. I'll report back on the survey results and we can then move on to the next phase. Feel free to pass along the survey.


April 30, 2010
Jean & Bennie celebration 50 years of marriage. November 2009

Jean & Bennie Brugman celebrating
50 years of marriage!


April 4, 2010-Easter Sunday
The Risen Christ icon by Fr.  William McNichols

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead...1 Peter 1:3

Familia, Happy Easter! -- ¡Feliz Pascua de Resurreción! I wish you, your family and home all of God's blessings.


April 3, 2010-Holy Saturday

They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.  John 19:40-42


April 2, 2010-Good Friday

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.   John 3:16,17


February 27, 2010

If you were born in Puerto Rico, you may want to write this on your calendar. Starting July 1, 2010, Puerto Ricans born on the island will need to apply for new birth certificates for any official transactions requiring that document, such as requesting drivers licenses ...or getting new passports. Read the complete article published by The Orlando Sentinel. The complete law, Law Prohibiting Public and Private Entities from Retaining, Storing, or Holding Certified Copies of Birth Certificates, is posted at the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Admnistration Website. Article 6 discusses the birth certificate decree.

The deadline for petition submissions for The Borinqueneers U.S. stamp has been extended to February 28, 2010.


February 7, 2010

Everyone is on Facebook and now so are we! Denise Brugman Adams has created a Facebook group page uniting the the descendants of Matias Brugman: Matias Brugman Lives! Extended and not yet linked Familia are welcome to join this group.

There is also a Facebook group page just for those of the Beauchamp surname. ¡Soy Beauchamp de PUERTO RICO!

Let me know if you have a family related Facebook group page and I'll add it to the website.

Don't forget that February 15, 2010 is the deadline for petition submissions for The Borinqueneers U.S. stamp.


January 15, 2010

The Borinqueneers -- Their toughest fight was not on the battlefield. Read up on some history and then consider supporting the campaign for the issue of a U.S. stamp honoring these men. February 15, 2010 is the deadline for petition submissions.


January 6, 2010  ¡Feliz Reyes!

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. Matthew 2:11 (NIV)


2010 -- Day 4! The days are already going by too fast for me....¡Feliz Ano Nuevo Familia!

2009 was a great year for familia crossing paths with this website which lead them to us. We have acquired new and confirmed old data, solved a few and discovered more missing links and added Familia members to our research efforts. Thank you to all! Kathy and I look forward to an even greater year of camaraderie and collaboration.

Now down to business...The review of microfilmed records at a local Family History Center, as well as the data made available through, allows us to add ancestors to our Familia database, acquire new info and confirm non-documented information. The recent finding of documents has allowed us to correct entries for non-documented information for two records.

Francisco Chabrier Goiran was previously listed as the son of Juan Bruno Chabrier Ubinchy and Ramona Cecilia Brugman Laborde. Birth records for Francisco's children identify Isabel Goiran Ferret as their paternal grandmother. This confirms the information previously provided on the baptismal record for one of Francisco's daughter.

Maria Velez Roman and Maria Prudencia Bouchan Velez were previously listed as the wife and daughter of Lope Cosme Beauchamp Brugman due to the lack of sufficient documented information and because we only had one "Lope" on the system in 1998. Thanks to the birth and census records found for Maria's family, it turns out that Lope Cosme Beauchamp Brugman is not the head of this family. The head of this household is actually Jose Lope Bouchan (Beauchamp) Guzman whose ancestry we have not yet been able to identify. Thanks to Shannon Rice for bringing to my attention that Lope Cosme's record had not been updated.

These updates were made possible by the review of several microfilmed records and the data provided by We incur expenses in order to have access to these resources. Please consider helping us continue our research efforts by Sponsoring a Microfilm. Your sponsorship will help us to continue our research and to share our findings with our Familia and friends.

Kathy & I wish you all a happy & healthy 2010!


December 30, 2009

As December draws to an end, we mourn the passing of Millie Brugman de Cintron on December 17, 2009 and Celia Chabrier de Pekarsky on December 15, 2009. Millie and Celia were invaluable contributors to the Familia genealogy research during its very early stages. In addition, I was also recently notified that Myrna Hernandez de Lares passed away on October 20, 2009.


December 25, 2009

Mary did you know --- no, but her faith and trust in God changed the world. On this sacred occasion, may we find the courage to recognize, accept and celebrate God's blessings in our daily lives. May your world be filled with the warmth of love from family and friends and may our world find its way to peace -- very soon. ¡Feliz Navidad! Merry Christmas!


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December 23, 2009

Just this week during my annual year-end search for new publications on or related to "El Grito de Lares," I came across a childrens book on the topic.

El Diario de Pablo Rivera: Un Joven en El Grito de Lares is a colorful and engaging publication recounting the brief diary entries of 16 year old Pablo Rivera regarding his involvement in the revolution.

Pablo is the son of Pablo Rivera Garcia who was then Mayor of Camuy, Puerto Rico and was charged with beloging to the rebellion's secret society of Lanzador del Norte.

This book is part of series on Puerto Rican history written for youths published by La Fundacion Voz del Centro. For more information visit Voz del Centro's website. Please note that the diary entries do not mention the participation of the Brugmans or Beauchamps in the rebellion.


Happy Thanksgiving Familia!

We have so much to be thankful for. One day a year hardly seems adequate...
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October 13, 2009

Genealogy is very hard, but when the old spirits want to be found, you will find them.

Dolores Antolin passed on the above quote in response to my findings this past week. I came across a vital record that identified the elusive Pedro Beauchamp's maternal surname as BENITES. 11 researchers and 5 years later, Pedro is not the Pedro we were hoping he was but we now know who is. The search takes on a new path as we try to identify his parents.

I also came across a document that identified Sylvia Teresa de Jesus' great great grandfather as Zoilo Ramon Beauchamp CUBA. This one turned out to be just as we suspected. This family line no longer has a missing link and has been transferred to the main database.

I was also in touch with a first cousin who is a descendant of the Brugman Puig family line. Her son came across the blog entry on Tia Elsie who was his mother's aunt. She is interested in touching base with anyone of the Brugman family. Let me know if you would like to get in touch with her.

Last but least, I had the pleasure of meeting and spending some time with Vinnie Sanabria and his wife Yanira during a recent visit to DC. What a great couple!

Wishing all a great week!

August 25, 2009

Kathy submitted a great quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero which is now a part of this home page. See above right.

Which one of the greatest female poets in Latin America married a Beauchamp? Click here to find out.

Celia Altschuler, a descendant of Juan Bruno Chabrier Ubinchy, is a recognized poet and artist. A bio and an interview with Celia is posted at Revitsa Biografia.

On the blog you will also find Yo Soy Nativo de Yauco. This poem is published in De Borinquen a Hawaii by Blase Camacho Souza. E-mail me, Julia, if you are interested in photocopies of this book.

An obituary for Edgar T. Beauchamp Diaz has been added to the Web site.

In 1985 Isabel Maria Beauchamp Alicea was named Elder of the Year. Read about it here.

Who's 80th birthday was mentioned in a 1957 edition of La Prensa? You know what you gotta do to find here.

Last but not least, you may have noticed on the home page a new entry under SECTIONS titled Just for Fun. In this new section you will find genealogy related comics & poems.

July 18, 2009

Thanks to Vinnie Sanabria who has once again come to the rescue! He came across the 1910 & 1920 Census records for the Gonzalez Irizarry family. Check out the updates to the Gonzalez Irizarry family page.

Vinnie has also updated his family line with additional data & some photos.

July 14, 2009

The Terreforte families have been merged into the Missing Links section.

July 13, 2009

In Search of Ramon N. Terreforte Beauchamp

It is possible that Ramon might be found among the records of Utuado, Las Marias or Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. E-mail us if you can help us identify Ramon N. Terreforte Beauchamp's ancestors or are a descendant of this family line.

In addition, Vinnie is researching the Sanabria Terreforte surnames and the related surnames of Beauchamp, Pulsoni, Merced, Carrillo, Mansanell, Davila, etc. Please e-mail Vinnie if you have any information on these surnames.


July 13, 2009

In Search of Zoilo Ramon Beauchamp

Sylvia Teresa de Jesus has discovered that she is a descendant of Zoilo Ramon Beauchamp but who his ancestors are has yet to be found.

We know he fathered children in Las Marias, Puerto Rico and he might have married there as well. Unfortunately, the Las Marias microfilms available through the Family History Library Catalog start at 1885 and we need to go further back in time.

If you can help us identify Zoilo's ancestors or are a descendant of this family, e-mail us.

SOLVED! Scroll up to the October 13, 2009 on this page.


July 13, 2009

In Search of the Elusive Pedro Beauchamp

There are eight, yes eight, researchers trying to uncover who are the parents of the Pedro Beauchamp who has descendants in Hawaii.

It is believed that Pedro's children were born at Utuado, Puerto Rico which makes it obvious that we need to review the vital records for Utuado, Puerto Rico but just in case, until we get to that point, check out the page for this family at the Familia Web site. If you can help us solve this mystery or are another descendant of this family, e-mail us.

Two of the researchers, RosMary Sanchez & Dolores Antolin Muniz, are descendants of one of Pedro's daughters, Dolores Bucan Beauchamp Guzman.

Dolores (photo to the left) is also researching the following surnames: Roman, Cortez Medina, Matos, Beauchamp y Valez, Valez Roman, Roman Gonzalez, Valez Lopez, Aquino Custodio and Cortez Medina. These are some of the surnames that she has identified to belong to Pedro Beauchamp's descendants. Please e-mail Dolores if you have any information on these surnames.


July 13, 2009

Ben is researching the Guasp family that married into the Beauchamp genealogy. He is searching for the descendant of Crescencia Beauchamp Luciano who married Fidel Guasp Jimenez.

In addition, we are searching for the ancestors of Tomas Beauchamp who is Crescencia's father. E-mail us if you can help us identify the missing links or are a descendant of this family line.


July 12, 2009

Updating their Chabrier family lines are:

Luis Chabrier, a descendant of Bruno Concepcion Chabrier Brugman & Julia Torres Viruet, is also celebrating the birth of a granddaughter. Luis got in touch with a cousin that informed him that Celia Chabrier Torres de Pekarsky celebrated her 92nd birthday this past April. Felicidades Luis & Celia!

Laura Raffucci is a descendant of Celia Luis Chabrier Brugman & Francisca Rosa Laracuenta.

Luis & Laura are 2nd cousins and found their way to us, independent of one another, via the Web site.


July 11, 2009

Ivette & Tia Carlotta

Ivette Pol who married into the Beauchamp genealogy and her Tia Carlota who is a descendant of Pablo Antonio Beauchamp Sterling recently opened the doors to their homes and genealogy treasures to me. Kathy & I have been swapping information with Ivette over the past few weeks and it turned out that we were practically neighbors! Small world.

Ivette is conducting her research on the Pol and Beauchamp family lines via Get in touch with her,, if you think you can be of any help to her with either lines. Kathy & I will automatically be Ccd on the message so that we can stay in the loop. The Pol family line will be integrated into the Familia Web site later in the year.
_____________________________________________________________________________ July 10, 2009

It seems that every time I checked my e-mails I find we've been contacted by another Beauchamp descendant. So I took a tally of the number of people in the database that have the Beauchamp surname as a paternal or maternal surname. In the main database there are 929 individuals and in the TBD database another 235! I kid you not!


July 3, 2009

The past few weeks have been an information being swapped between cousins marathon. Vinnie Sanabria put Kathy & I in contact with several cousins who are researching different lines of the Beauchamp genealogy. We've also heard from a Chabrier, two Brugman and yet another Beauchamp descendant.

Victor Sanchez III and his dad, Victor Sanchez II, contacted us wanting to identify the Nicolas Beauchamp from which they are descendants. We have our theories but we need to do some further review of microfilms before we can be certain. However, it turned out that they are also Brugman descendants!

Victor & his dad brought in our cousin Yvette Carlo into the e-conversation which has resulted in revising the web pages for the family of Juan Andres Brugman Cardona for which you will see that his surname has been revised. I have noted the surname combinations on his page since there are sources available for each. Regardless, he is a descendant of Matias Brugman Duliebre.

Ivette Pol also contacted us with corrections and new information for her ancestors Arturo Pol Velez & Isabel Beauchamp Quinones as well as for other members of that family line.

Narciso Chabrier has also submitted corrections & new information for his ancestors Narciso Chabrier Brugman & Providencia Andujar Santiago as well as for other members of that family line. In addition, he was able to identify one of the persons in an unidentified photo. WOOHOO! Thank you Siso!!

Much thanks to all for the warm collaboration. A heartfelt thanks to Kathy who helps me keep my sanity by managing the majority of e-mails.

Updates on the new Brugman, Chabrier & Beauchamp contacts will be posted later on this month. Wishing all a great holiday weekend...Julia

June 20, 2009

¡Hola Familia!

I'm working on updating a database which Kathy started for the slaves of our ancestors. The baptismal record for Clara Asuncion Brugman lists her mother, Maria Clara Cardona, as property of Matias Brugman. Maria Clara Cardona and her descendants had been previously listed as a family line for Matias. That family line has been removed from this Web site and will be uploaded and included with the other slave files at a later date.

June 2, 2009

It is with a heavy heart that I write that my cousin, Gilbert Caquias Lopez, passed away on Sunday morning, May 31st, 2009. I will always remember Gilbert as a fun-loving guy with a wonderful sense of humor, a contagious smile and a big heart.

The foundation of the research which resulted in this Web site is due in part to Gilbert. He lovingly shared his paper files and photos with me 15 years ago catapulting my efforts. We spent many hours on the phone & weekends at his basement into the wee hours feeding one another's obsession of the need to figure something out RIGHT NOW.

Gilbert's body will be put to rest on Friday but his soul has been singing and dancing all week long with the familia who have gone before us. (And trying to figure out how to get to us the genealogy info that he is now privy to.)

May 7, 2009

Just some color tweaking throughout the Web site. New information will be added over the Summer months.


Wishing all a happy & healthy 2009!

Let us always remember why we celebrate Christmas.

Wishing you & yours all of God's blessings.

("Oh Holy Night" by Kelly Clarkson)

December 23, 2008

Today would have been Tito Lara's 76th
birthday. Check out his bio & music.

_____________________________________________________________________________ December 21, 2008

Happy Advent!

I've added a new page to the website dedicated to the graves of our deceased familia. Check it out, click here.

This update also unites us with Feliciano Family. Refer to the entry below. I've also posted below a roll call of the folks that have found their way to us via this Website.

Wishing all a great Sunday & a Happy Chanukah,



December 21, 2008

The entry on the Feliciano Family got me thinking about all the others that found thier way to us via the FAMILIA Website during 2008. Here is a listing in no particular order:

Vinnie Sanabria Terreforte Luis Chabrier
Nicole Beauchamp Gerena
Jim Sallas Caravalho (Beauchamp)
Fatima Seda (Caban)
Susanne Gennaro (Arroyo)
RosMary Sanchez (Beauchamp)
Daniel Terreforte
Angel Terreforte
Lithia Fussell Souffront
Carmen Gomez Chabrier
Mayrah Cuebas Pagan (Beauchamp)
Dolores Antolin Davidson (Beauchamp)
Belinda Medina Torres (Beauchamp)
Sylvia de Jesus Burgos (Beauchamp)
Jeffrey Zoilo Rivera (Olivencia, Collazo)
Yolanda Lopez (Garcia)
Anonymous (Chabrier)


If I missed anyone, my apologies, contact me, Julia, & I will add your name. Many of us who have been working on this genealogy for several years also continue to keep in touch. A heartfelt thanks to all!! Keep the research going!

December 21, 2008

Photo provided by Merari Feliciano. Welcome to the Felicano Family!

Tonight I am writing to inform you that we are now united with the Feliciano Family as a result the information posted on the FAMILIA Website. John Feliciano is a ggggggrandson of Mathias Brugman and a ggggrandson of Francisco Chabrier. Count those Gs! Amazing! And his sons add yet another generation!

Merari, John's wife, e-mailed me the following on December 13th, "We were very excited to find all this information...Thank you for posting all this information. It is a great resource to pass on to our boys."

Thank you Merari, once again, for writing and adding to our genealogy. And thank you to all of the Familia who have participated in this project. We could never have come this far without all of you! Merari you are now also a part of this great team!


December 12, 2008

¡Feliz Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe!

Please visit the Connecting the Descendants of Matias Brugman Duliebre blog for links regarding Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Wishing all a great weekend & a Blessed Advent season,


November 15, 2008

¡Hola Familia!

This update welcomes the "Puig" family to our familia.

More to come! Wishing all a great weekend,


October 18, 2008

¡Hola Familia!

Along the way of any genealogical research, you come across the relatives of someone who married into your family. I have info on several such family lines. I have started to add these extended familias to the website. They are identified by a yellow asterick to the left of the name and are linked to the person who married into the Brugman genealogy. This update welcomes the Caban familiy to our website.

Jim Sallas Caravalho has provided me with some information and photos for the descendants of Pedro Beauchamp and Maria Eduvigis Guzman who are listed under the Missing Links section. We have not yet located documentation that identifies the maternal surname of Pedro Beauchamp which will allow us to merge this family line into the main database.

More to come! Wishing all a great weekend,


September 28, 2008

Happy Autumn!

Summer went by way too fast for me and Hallmark already has Christmas Ornaments displayed for sale...Ay yi yi!

My computer moved on to technology heaven over the Summer after many years of being pushed beyond its limits and faithful service. I am in the process of installing my software into the new system which arrived this week. I hope to add new material to the website in two weeks time. I've got a couple of projects partially done so I'm not sure what I'll be adding first.

Check back around the 15th. Until then, I wish a healthy Fall season to all!



August 9, 2008

Photo provided by Susanne Gennaro. Petrona Nolasco Brugman Laborde & Family

Females, left to right: Ana Maria Arroyo Brugman, Petrona Nolasco Brugman Laborde and Maria Antonia Arroyo Brugman. One of the children is Moses Arroyo Gelpis, the son of Martin Arroyo Brugman, but it is not known which child is Moses nor who the other child is.

Just yesterday, Susanne Gennaro, a descendant of Petra Nolasco Brugman Laborde, e-mailed me after finding her family's genealogy on the FAMILIA Website. On August 8th, she kindly shared with us this photo of Petra and her children.

What a GREAT addition to our research! Thank you Susanne for sharing this photo and updating your genealogy.


August 8, 2008

I've added 5 more Tito Lara videos!


August 6, 2008

¡Hola Familia!

I've added some articles regarding the Bruckman Toro brothers, Guillermo Arroyo Brugman and an analysis of the events of the Col. Riggs assassination.

Wishing all a great weekend,


August 2, 2008

¡Hola Familia!

I hope that this update finds everyone well. I'm working on adding more photos to the individual records and I came across some unidentified photos for which I have created the section, Can you solve these puzzles?. Please check out the pages in this section. It might turn out that you know something about one of the photos. Also, please feel to send me your unidentified photo with whatever information you may have for it. I will create and add a page to this site for it. Please only send photos that you believe to be related or connected the genealogy on this website.

The photos on this website have been acquired from many people and sources. I am slowly identifying each photo with a note indicating how I came about that image. Position your mouse over an image on this website and you will see the name of the person who provided that image or its source. I'm still working on this so not all of the photos have this notation.

Last but not least, I'm willing to create a links page which would list the websites, blogs, Facebook, etc. of folks related to the genealogy of this website. So if you're interested, send me your link and let me know how your link relates to the genealogy on this website.

Wishing all a great week,


June 16, 2008

¡Saludos Familia!

Kathy and I just recently referred to Martin Gaudier's books on Puerto Rican genealogy, again. The wealth of information in the genealogies and biographies provided in these books are invaluable. The indexes in these books list the genealogies in alphabetical order and by city. I thought that it might be helpful to have the index pages handy so I have made them available as downloadable PDF files on the RECOMMENDED READING page.

Wishing all a great week,


June 2, 2008

Happy June!

Vinnie Sanabria Terreforte has discovered the first name for one of the "Unknown First Names" in our database! Via his research on of the 1910 United States Federal Census for information on the TERREFORTE family line, Vinnie found that Maria Alejandrina Alers Beauchamp was married to VICENTE Rivera.

Thank you Vinnie for filling in one of our blanks.

Wishing all a great week,


May 12, 2008

c. 2008-photo provided by Armando De Los Santos In Memory of Dr. Luis Arturo Torres Padilla

Artie achieved whatever he set his mind to do, he was free-spirited and a party all on his own.

My first exposure to El Grito de Lares and Mathias Brugman was through my cousin Artie. Artie gave me a copy of a research paper written by Paul Borkowski in 1981, The Role of Mathias Brugman in the Puerto Rican Separatist Movement and Lares Rebellion of 1868. This was the beginning of my research of the Brugman family.

Artie passed away unexpectedly on May 5th, 2008 just a few days after his 57th birthday. We gathered together on May 10th for a memorial mass and later that evening we reminisced about Artie with great salsa music playing in the background. I am sure that even in the hereafter he danced up a storm.

Artie's ashes will be interred at Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia on July 3rd, 2008.


May 8, 2008

photo provided by Julia Sosa In Memory of Elsie Brugman Puig

Every family has a photo archivist. Ours was Tia Elsie.

When I was knee deep into my genealogy research Tia Elsie informed me that she had photographs of some the folks for whom I had located documents. She offered to show them to me and point out who was who. Tia actually had a goldmine of photos and, after a threat to behead me if anything happened to them, she willing allowed me to borrow a few. I returned that batch within a week, got to keep my head, and earned enough trust to be allowed to borrow complete photo albums through the years. Many of the Brugman Puig photos on the website now, and to be posted in the future, originated from one of tia Elsie's photo albums.

Tia Elsie passed away unexpectedly on May 1st, 2008, two days before what would have been my grandmother's birthday. She was my maternal grandmother's youngest sister and the last surviving Brugman Puig sibling.

Tia was a second mother to my mother, an aunt whose visits were full of laughter and kind words, a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Our heartfelt lost, Heaven's gain.


May 2, 2008

¡Saludos Familia!

Additional names have been added to the MISSING LINKS section. The data for these families have been submitted by cousins trying to identify the MISSING LINKS that will complete their ancestries. Please review these files and contact us if you can provide additional information that might help us to identify the missing link.

Wishing all a great weekend,


April 24, 2008

¡Saludos Familia!

New to the web site is a listing of the names of folks that we have not been able to link to the main genealogy database. The data for these families have been submitted by cousins trying to identify the MISSING LINKS that will complete their ancestries. Please review these files and contact us if you can provide additional information that might help us to identify the missing link.

Wishing all a great day,


March 24, 2008

Happy Easter Monday!

I have added photos to the family files. The pages listing the individual names have a notation next to the names that have a photo included on the record.

A bio & MP3s have been added for Johnny Lopez.

Wishing all a great day,


March 19, 2008

I have added on the pages listing the individual names a notation next to the names that have a photo included on the record. I will be adding photos over the next few weeks. The next update to this web site will be on Monday.

Until then, I wish all a blessed Easter.



March 17, 2008

Updates have been made to the Names Unknown page.


March 11, 2008

c. 2008-photo acquired from the web Celia Altschuler, is a great great granddaughter of
Juan Bruno Chabrier, is a poet and artist with many other talents. A bio and an interview with Celia is posted at Revitsa Biografia.

Log on into your Facebook account and then click here to view images of a few of her paintings. You can also read Viaje a Japon and several poems written by Celia at Espanol Agonia and Poetas del Mundo.

The poem that follows was written by Celia, during 2005, in homage to Julia De Burgos who married into the Beauchamp genealogy around 1934.


Se paseaba a las cinco, al despertar la noche
desvelando los sueños de lunas y soles,
con el río su desamores sollozando,
entregándole la causa de sus congojas.

Tallando sobre las aguas su cuerpo sumergía,
mientras la hermosa melodía
que acompaña al afluente
acariciaba sus sienes con seductor encanto.

Y otra vez, como muchas otras veces
la abrazaban aquellas danzantes corrientes
que había aprendido a amar antes de despedir
su inocencia en brazos ajenos.

Vestida de ausencias volvió al nidal
alargando su espíritu en verso,
a veces transformado en riachuelo
otras veces recreado en mujer.

Allí, donde la floresta revela su abundancia,
donde la maleza viste vegas y mogotes,
el silencio sigue bordando cascadas en poemas
que aun recitan tus amores, Julia.



March 11, 2008

Figuras del Centenario

Does anyone have access to a copy of the book Figuras del Centenario by Luis Hernandez Aquino? If so, May I please have a copy of page 63, in particular, I need the footnotes and any bibliography listing for the footnotes on that page. Please contact Julia Sosa. Thanks!


Welcome to the redesigned web site of FAMILIA. FINALLY!

March 10, 2008

Throughout this web site, you may ignore the security message from Internet Explorer, if you see it, informing you that it has restricted this file from showing active content that could access your computer. The active content on this website is a rotating series of images and other content features. Click on the information bar and allow the blocked content and you will see the images. No harm will be caused to your computer by these features not can your computer be acessed by them.

As some of you know, I've been slooowly working offline to update this web site and then in January I got the brainstorm to redesign it altogether. Those folks familiar with the original Web site will find all of the original content, I think, I hope.

You will find on this web site family trees for 4 generations and 1,123 individuals of the 9 generations and 3,846 individuals that make up our genealogy database. The partial listing on this web site is due to identity theft & privacy issues. Contact us if you need to track a family line further than what is listed. You'll need to provide an unposted connection that will convince us that you are related to that family line.

The surnames have been updated to read "Paternal Surname Maternal Surname". Yes, I heard your pleas to correct this. I simply did not know 14 years ago how to rig up the files in the genealogy program so that the combined surnames would list correctly.

Several folks reported that they would prefer one listing of all surnames and one listing of the individual names available on the web site. The listings were previously broken down into the descendants of one of the three families which resulted in visitors having to follow links back and forth since the family lines intermingle so often. Done! This actually made my update easier.

New to the website are pages for Tito Lara, slideshows and 2 blogs. More will be added over the next few weeks so sign up to be notified about updates via e-mail.

I will use this space to keep you posted on additions to the site. The scroll box will allow me to add messages without having to delete the old ones that may used for reference purposes.

Last but not least, this web site would never have been possible without the input of so many people. This is our web site. So keep the photos, articles, music & updates coming.